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1234_45d8b6722c_small September 8, 2010 by Dusty Davidson

Omaha I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Adrian Blake, CEO of Omaha-based TownCommons.com. Adrian comes from an interesting background of management consulting with a history of working with large organizations, and he brings a unique and fresh perspective to the his startup. Simply put, Town Commons is a website that aggregates… read more

1192_5bb98ea4ab_small August 23, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

"The first deal we ran we started in just one city – in Washington D.C., our home base – and we sold 53 vouchers to a local sushi restaurant," said Aaron Batalion, co-founder of LivingSocial. "On our one-year anniversary we were live in 53 markets. So, it's been a pretty exciting year in launching this product." LivingSocial Deals, one of three products LivingSocial has released, reached the Omaha market on July 13, two weeks before its one-year anniversary. Today, deals are offered in 58 cities, including four cities outside of the U.S., two in the United Kingdom… read more

1162_212f782e22_small August 13, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls I witnessed the power of Big Omaha this past May when I traveled all the way down to Omaha from Sioux Falls and then met an incredible designer, Carla White, who lives in my own backyard. Not literally, but in the community of Sioux Falls which doesn't have a big yard. Carla and I kept in touch and I recently sat down with Carla to talk about… read more

1109_36aa8bb6f5_small July 29, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Omaha Before starting a tropical clothing line in a state with no palm trees, Greg Chambers worked as a regional sales manager looking to get in touch with his inner “mad gringo.” Chambers, employed with First National Bank of Omaha at the time, was far from tropical as he adorned himself in a suit and tie everyday, making his inner “mad gringo” go loco. “It was great, but at the same time, it was not exactly what I was hoping to do with the rest of my life… read more

1120_a0b60fdc5f_small July 29, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

With a clever line of jQuery yesterday, appendTo co-founder and president Jonathan Sharp publicly welcomed the newest member to his company's team. AppendTo, based out of Denver, is a consulting, training and support company for jQuery, the most popular of the JavaScript libraries. The company currently stands tall as the only major player in this arena, and since forming last October, they've expanded quite rapidly. The new employee greeted in the tweet above, Elijah Manor, is the company's… read more

1100_4123fb8a45_small July 23, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha "It's actually kind of fun looking back," former freelance developer Jonathan Sharp remarked. "When I was first starting [Out West Media], I believe you asked me, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' I was like, 'Same thing.'" One year later, some things are still the same: Jonathan still lives in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, he still enjoys owning and riding horses… read more

1080_a3b13d2f30_small July 22, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Omaha Foreign language study, which is central to Todd Nichols’ company, TalkAbroad, wasn’t central to his early college career. “I found the memorization of words and the grammar studies to be pretty dry,” said Nichols, an Omaha native. His outlook on learning a second language changed, however, when he studied abroad in Cuba and put what he had learned into practice. “It challenged me to really open up and say… read more

1097_b13f73561d_small July 21, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Across the globe, startups are utilizing mobile technology to create innovative and disruptive product offerings. Locally, we're seeing the mobile tech community continue to expand, as well. One of those recent additions is a company called Pongr. The startup still maintains a Boston address, but co-founder and native Iowan, Zach Cox, has plans… read more

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